We found this beauty in a local garden. The black faced bumblebee (Bombus californicus) is not aggressive. They are far more interested in collecting nectar and pollen than in you!
In gardens, bumblebees tend to nest in relatively undisturbed areas such as shaded corners. Some will also nest under structures such as sheds. They do not like to nest in areas with prolonged exposure to the sun as this can heat the nest too much.
Bumblebee nests vary in size depending on the species and time of year. A well-established nest may contain up to 400 bees. Honeybee hives typically contain 50,000 bees so bumblebee nests are very small in comparison.
Bumblebees rarely require control measures. For more information about bumblebees, visit Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
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